Meaning of “glass ceiling” in the English Dictionary

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(Definition of “glass ceiling” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"glass ceiling" in American English

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glass ceilingnoun [ C ]

/ɡlæs ˈsi·lɪŋ/

a limit that is unofficial but understood which prevents someone, esp. a woman, from advancing to a top position in a company or organization:

The fact that no woman has managed one of the branch offices is pretty strong evidence of a glass ceiling.

(Definition of “glass ceiling” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"glass ceiling" in Business English

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glass ceilingnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk us HR, WORKPLACE

something that prevents someone from getting a more important position in their organization:

Women have made scant progress in breaking through the glass ceiling to reach top corporate executive and boardroom positions.
Few people who hit the glass ceiling are inclined to go through the additional pain of a complaint to the government.

(Definition of “glass ceiling” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)